LL Cool J

Jan
18
LL Cool J to Host Grammy Awards

LL Cool J

A hip-hop icon will take over hosting duties for the Grammys. LL Cool J has been announced as host for the 54th annual ceremony next month.

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Nov
30
Lupe Fiasco, Common, & LL Cool J Spread ‘The Message’ with Grandmaster Flash

Common and LL Cool J

Lupe Fiasco, Common, and LL Cool J joined Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and rapper Scorpio for a special performance of “The Message” at Wednesday’s Grammy nominations special. The seminal recording by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five was newly inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

“It’s the quintessential classic hip-hop record—from the beat to the rhymes to the concept to the consciousness that’s in the record to the reality, it’s like a window into the world,” said Lupe. “That’s what it was back then and you can play the record now and it’s still relevant.”

Rick Ross, who was scheduled to perform, was noticeably absent. However, Nicki Minaj got in on the action when LL passed her the mic in the audience.

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Nov
14
New Music: LL Cool J f/ Ne-Yo – ‘No More’

No More

The flame has gone out. LL Cool J reflects on what used to be on the emotional “No More,” produced by hitmaking duo Rico Love and Jim Jonsin. The hip-hop trailblazer recalls pastimes with his girl on the rock-tinged mid-tempo, while Ne-Yo senses them drifting apart. “It’s like you don’t know me and I don’t know you no more,” he sings on the hook. Can they put back the pieces of their damaged relationship?

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Aug
31
Video: Janet Jackson, Trey Songz, & LL Cool J’s ESSENCE Performances

Janet Jackson

The ESSENCE Music Festival went down in July in New Orleans, but professional footage of the show has recently become available online. If you weren’t at the Louisiana Superdome, catch Janet Jackson’s much-talked-about headlining set, from her 1989 hit “Rhythm Nation” to last year’s ballad “Nothing.” Trey Songz and LL Cool J provided eye candy for the ladies. The 25-year-old heartthrob made his female admirers sweat with his slow jams, while the original ladies man licked it up with “Doin’ It” and “Rock the Bells.”

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Aug
10
New Music: LL Cool J – ‘Billie Jean Dream’

LL Cool J and Michael Jackson

The G.O.A.T. pays homage to the King of Pop by reinterpreting his classic, “Billie Jean.”

“After hearing the tragic news of Michael Jackson’s death, the lyrics for the ‘Billie Jean’ remix came to me in a dream,” LL Cool J told Billboard.com. “Michael was one of my childhood idols and has always been a great inspiration to me.”

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Feb
21
On the Scene: Mariah, Ne-Yo, Jazmine, Electrik Red, LL Cool J, JoJo, Santigold, Alicia Keys

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey attended the 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday. Mariah’s new film Precious (formerly Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire) has been generating lots of positive buzz in Hollywood.

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Feb
19
On the Scene: Suge Knight, J.D., Estelle, Monica, Mary J. Blige, Kanye, LL Cool J

Suge Knight and J.D.

Suge Knight and J.D.

The odd couple, Suge Knight and Jermaine Dupri, exchanged numbers at the Pop Watch launch at MAGIC in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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